Record numbers of people are borrowing e-books and e-audiobooks from Wyndham Council libraries as closures and pandemic restrictions lead many residents to spend more time at home.
In fiscal year 2020-21, Wyndham Libraries loaned 58,398 eBooks, an increase of 46% from the prior year.
An additional 53,707 eAudio books were borrowed, 39% more than the previous 12 months.
EMagazines were also found to be popular, with 62,404 loaned, an increase of 22%.
Wyndham Learning City portfolio holder Cr Jasmine Hill said it was “fantastic” that residents had made the most of the library’s resources.
“The increase in the level of borrowing over the past year, as residents spend a lot of time at home, has shown that residents have adjusted to the use of different library resources,” said Cr Hill.
“The Council is committed to providing our community with the opportunity to grow by reading and accessing electronic resources.
“To meet increased demand, the board allocated an additional $ 61,000 in this year’s budget to increase library electronic resources.
The Harry Potter series novels were the top five most popular eAudio children’s books borrowed from Wyndham Libraries in 2020-2021.
For children’s literature, Stephenie Meyer’s Midnight Sun and Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince took the top two spots.
In the genre of adult fiction, Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams was the most borrowed audiobook, followed by Midnight Library by author Matt Haig.
Becoming Michelle Obama was the best adult non-fiction eAudio book, with Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F *** coming in second.
“Whether it’s for fun or for learning, it’s wonderful that our libraries are a place where everyone can find something that interests them,” said Cr Hill.
To reach Wyndham Libraries, visit: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/libraries/using-library/how-join-borrow.